Illegal replica guns bought online, smuggled from JB

Some buy parts of airsoft guns, Water BB guns via e-commerce sites and assemble them - breaking the law

Replicas of a Glock pistol (left) and 1911 pistol. Such guns have been in the news this year, with four instances of the authorities seizing airsoft guns, along with stun guns, that were smuggled into Singapore.
Replicas of a Glock pistol (left) and 1911 pistol. Such guns have been in the news this year, with four instances of the authorities seizing airsoft guns, along with stun guns, that were smuggled into Singapore. ST PHOTO: CARA WONG
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Like many boys his age, Timothy (not his real name), 15, loves to assemble things to play with - except that he put together an airsoft gun, which is a prohibited item here and can cause serious injury when fired.

The student got interested after watching YouTube videos about such replica guns earlier this year. He tried to purchase one from a local seller on Instagram but failed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2018, with the headline Illegal replica guns bought online, smuggled from JB. Subscribe